The Fairlawn leadership is continuing to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our church activities. Certain changes have been made to minimize risk of infection and to comply with government regulations and guidelines.
- Since March 22, 2020, we have live streamed our Sunday Morning Worship services, and this will continue. Starting May 31, we will resume meeting at the church for services -- but there will be changes made to address concerns about COVID-19.
- Some planned events are now cancelled. The calendar on this web site is regularly updated to reflect the latest information.
Go to the Fairlawn CRC YouTube channel for live streaming of the worship services and a video archive of previous sermons.
The Sermon Archive page has links to the resources on YouTube as well as links to audio recordings of the sermons, scripture readings, and the liturgy for each week.
During this challenging time, we also want to be available, as much as we're able, to those in our local community who may need prayer or other assistance. If you have a specific item of need or concern, please indicate in the form below how we can contact you. Or, call us at the church office: 508-234-2838
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What does all of this mean spiritually?
As Christians, we believe that God remains in control even when it feels like our world is out of control. The Heidelberg Catechism reminds us, “I trust him so much that I do not doubt that he will provide whatever I need for body and soul, and he will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends me in this sad world. He is able to do this because he is almighty God; he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father” (Q&A 26).
God assures us that because he “did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all,” we can know with confidence that he will also, “along with him, graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32). The coronavirus situation is serious and concerning. We do not know how long we need to be concerned about the spread of this virus, how many will become infected by it despite our best efforts, or what the economic impact will be. But we do know that we entrust ourselves to a faithful God and witness to his care for us in Christ no matter what is going on around us at the moment.
The early church was defined by the culture around it, in part, by the way it responded to pandemics. So as we consider our response to this present moment, we can prayerfully seek out the opportunities God has given for witness and service in the midst of this crisis. As one author has recently written, “May we – with our own pandemic – live out the wisdom and way of Jesus before a watching world.” And as we do so, we place our trust, for this life and for eternity, in the hands of the One who by his Spirit empowers us in faith and service to display the amazing love of Christ for a world in need of salvation.
3/25/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel shares a few thoughts for us as a congregation as we navigate this uncertain season. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
3/31/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel talks about putting our hope and trust in God -- the one who loves us and give us peace and confidence. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
Holy Week Reflections
Daily reflections by Pastor Joel Vande Werken during Holy Week are posted on our Facebook site and listed below.
4/22/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Pastor Joel provides a few brief reflections on our post-Easter hope as we wait on God in this season of uncertainty. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
5/07/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Last Sunday, we looked at the encouragement of the book of Hebrews to look at Jesus so we will "not grow weary or lose heart" (Hebrews 12:3). Psalm 42 describes the journey of a follower of God who faced discouragement along the way, and whose reflections offer us helpful perspective for our own journeys. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
5/14/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Last Sunday, we talked about the need for patience - especially as we navigate so many unknowns in the present moment. This is, in a way, a time of forced "Sabbath rest" much as the land of Judah is said to have experienced in 2 Chronicles 36. As churches start to re-open in different parts of the country (though we're still probably some time away from that in Massachusetts) we need to fight the temptation to "just get back to normal" and not miss out on the lessons God would have for us in a period of waiting on and resting in him. Here is a link to his posted video on Facebook.
5/19/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Yesterday, the governor made an announcement about the reopening process, which included certain guidelines about churches gathering for worship services. Pastor Joel prepared this video to provide an update on the situation as it affects Fairlawn CRC. Here is a link to his posted video on YouTube.
5/24/2020: Video comments from Pastor Joel
Beginning on Sunday, May 31, 2020, we are planning to hold worship services in the church sanctuary. There will be a number of changes, like wearing face masks and social distancing. Pastor Joel discusses our current plans in this video, which was originally presented following the 5/24/2020 worship service. Here is a link to his posted video on YouTube.